If there is one person in Hindi Film Industry who has skillfully learned the art of how to exploit each new opportunity in sight for benefit of his own banner then it has to be none other than Mahesh Bhatt. The man sights a great potential money spinner the moment he sees the famous porn star Sunny Leone featuring in the TV reality show Big Boss, makes arrangements to enter the house personally to offer her a film and superbly starts the publicity campaign of something which was not even there on papers right from inside the big boss house.
Not only that, but in the next few months, he professionally works on the project within a fixed budget, writes the film himself, gives the direction to her daughter Pooja Bhatt and releases the film with some controversial posters (reportedly inspired/copied from Goa based designer Felix Bandesh’s 2008 fashion photo-shoot) on a festival day in India to ensure a great initial. Now, what can be a better example of a perfectly planned sure shot viable business project other than JISM 2 in the present times, which is bound to give sufficient returns to its makers undoubtedly?
But on the other hand, as I watched the film, it surprised me a lot with its childish content which had nothing to say at all besides its expected body show from a western porn star. Said to be a Crime-Sex-Thriller, the film has neither got any thrills nor any excitement in its immature storyline only interested in showing you Sunny’s bare backs, her steamy kisses and the abrupt sex scenes retained after the cuts ordered by the Censors. So, it was really shocking for me to realize that the film was written by Mahesh Bhatt himself, who had a lot of power in his vision, repeatedly proved by his own masterpieces in the past. And if it was really written by him then I admit that the growing age does make a lot of impact on one’s creative capabilities.
In strong words with JISM 2 both its writer and the director try to make fool of we, the audience as if we are only there to see Sunny Leone without her clothes, locking lips every five minutes. In this context I would like to remind both Pooja Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt that please don’t treat the audience as dumb minded people who would just applaud anything served by you in the name of SEX. Because what you are selling to them for a price in the name of Sunny Leone, a lot more than that is easily available free of cost on a simple click all over the net. So please don’t take us as granted every time you make a movie, which in reality is a mere commercial project rather than being a creative expression of a visionary. And as far as direction is concerned Pooja Bhatt should stick to producing films and avoid directing them for the sake of her own banner.
Coming to the performances, only Randeep Hooda seems to be acting in the film seriously and the rest are all over-acting. I have liked Arunoday Singh in all his previous ventures but in this he has really acted in a very awkward style and remains completely unconvincing. Arif Zakaria once again gives a seen before performance which fails to impress and Sunny Leone expectedly relies a lot more on her body than her acting skills which was pretty obvious. But still she manages well in her debut venture with her limited facial expressions and stunning beauty. The girl has got the fire to burn the screen but doesn’t get anything to work on from her writer-mentor Mahesh Bhatt. And I seriously doubt that with such an image she would ever get an author backed role in our films.
Honestly speaking, throughout JISM 2 I remained puzzled thinking that can Mahesh Bhatt really write this crap storyline and screenplay? The progression of the film is so lazy and uninteresting that it seriously doesn’t seem to be a Bhatt’s camp movie from any angle other than its sexual scenes. Unarguably Sunny Leone is going to learn a lot of essential lessons from her first film itself about how things actually work in our Hindi Film Industry, where the onscreen project comes out to be entirely different from what was being projected in those initial interactive sessions.
As publicized in its promos the Cinematography gracefully adds to the soft-porn feel of the movie along with its ok background score. But another surprise of JISM 2 remains its less inspiring soundtrack despite the presence of Mr. Bhatt, the man with a fine musical ear. Though few songs sound fine as individual tracks but while watching them on the screen in their boring placements, they fail to keep you hooked. Continuing with Mr. Bhatt’s passion for Pakistani music, Rashk, one of the four music directors in the film, simply ruins a fabulous track originally sung by the legendary Noor Jehan and Reshma with the words, “Na Dil Dendi Bedardi Nu”.
Overall, JISM 2 is surely one of the weakest movies from the Bhatt camp and maybe the most silly one too. I recently read that after working in it, Sunny Leone was thinking of leaving the porn industry to pursue a dedicated career in Indian films. But after watching it, I would just like to say to her that, please do watch JISM 2 yourself as a movie, before taking your final decision. Because here you are nothing more than a bold girl who has a rare beauty ready to be canned naked without any hassles and who can easily bring in great initials even for a trash film. Hence, I sincerely doubt anyone would be ever able to see beyond that for Sunny Leone in the present scenario of our films.